This article was originally published in the September 2017 Princeton Echo.

Health on the menu

The Northeast Organic Farming Association of New Jersey and the Suppers Program offer a one-day conference to discuss the relationships between food and healthy living on Sunday, September 10, from 9 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. at the Suzanne Patterson Center. The event costs $40.

The forum will address the catastrophic rise in avoidable illness such as diabetes and heart disease driven by changes in our environment and what we eat. Dorothy Mullen, a Princeton resident and founder of the Suppers Program, gives introductory remarks followed by Aly Cohen, a board certified rheumatologist and integrative medicine specialist, and Lisa Feiner, a holistic life coach.

Afternoon sessions include cardiologist Dinesh Singal; Jeanne Petrucci, a Far Hills-based nutritionist; Alison Morgan of Morganics Farm in Hillsborough on Chinese medicine; and Anita Robinson of the Suppers Program on home fermentation.

For a complete schedule and to register visit

Lifestyle as medicine

What if the best thing you can do for your health is to enjoy a day of relaxation? Rise of Wise, an “edutainment” organization focused on wellness culture, invites working women to test that theory with its first A+ Life Day Retreat on Sunday, September 24, at the Princeton Marriott in Forrestal Center. Women are invited to spend the day focused on their own self-care exploring wellness wisdom with experts who are passionate about educating and sharing their expertise.

Presenters at the retreat, organized by Princeton resident Laura Connolly and titled “Celebrating the Healthy Epicurean Lifestyle,” will include Simon Poole, a nutrition and lifestyle expert and author of “The Olive Oil Diet”; Maria Bernardis, a New York City chef, wellness coach, and author of “My Greek Family Table”; Jolene Hart, author of the “Eat Pretty” series; Sandra Gordon, author of “30 Secrets of the World’s Healthiest Cuisines”; and Stacey Funt, a physician and expert on lifestyle as medicine.

The cost of the retreat is $175. For more information or to register visit

Salsa fills hearts & bowls

Princeton-area chefs will face off in a battle for the best salsa at Send Hunger Packing Princeton’s fifth annual Fill the Bowls fundraiser on Sunday, September 24, at 1 p.m., in Hinds Plaza outside the public library. Proceeds benefit the nonprofit partnership between the Mercer Street Friends food bank and Princeton Public Schools with the mission of providing child-friendly supplemental weekend food to food insecure homes in Princeton.

Each $50 adult ticket to the “Salsa and Salsa” event comes with a bowl handmade by potter Adam Welch, an instructor at Princeton’s Lewis Center for the Arts.

Restaurants competing for Princeton’s Best Salsa include Olives, Princeton Soup & Sandwich, Tortuga’s Mexican Village, Terra Momo Group, and the soon to be opened Two Sevens Restaurant. Judges include Caroline Trippel of the dining website Spoon Prince­ton and Jen Carson of LiLLiPiES bakery in the Princeton Shopping Center, and Mayor Liz Lempert. Philadelphia celebrity chef Brian Duffy will serve as emcee.

The event will also feature a salsa dance demonstration by the Philadelphia-based Estilo Dancers. For information or to donate visit